These Fruity Pebbles Doughnuts are the stuff your childhood dreams were made of! But will you enjoy these baked doughnuts topped with sugary cereal for breakfast... Or save them for dessert?
Is this post a revolt against my childhood? At first I thought it might be. As a kid, I was never allowed sugary cereal for breakfast. Nor was I allowed donuts. Once in a blue moon, we were granted permission to pick out a box of sugary cereal, but it was relegated to snack and dessert time in carefully rationed portions. No fair. I figured I would some day revolt. But it's a funny thing about growing up. Oftentimes instead of revolting, you start understanding why your parents did what they did and made the rules they made. These days, I would never eat sugary cereal or donuts for breakfast. I need something with protein and vitamins that will power me through the morning; not empty calories. Ugh. Growing up can be annoying. Why can't I just eat my sugary cereal and be absolutely thrilled like I would have been at age 10? See? Life isn't fair. Now that I can do anything I want to do, I don't want to freaking do anything fun. Boo.
In an effort to live like a 10 -year-old, I decided to buy a box of Fruity Pebbles and get crazy and do something fun with them. When I was 10, Fruity Pebbles wouldn't necessarily have been my cereal of choice, but given their bright colors, I figured they were the ideal dessert-making cereal. And why not combine them with another forbidden breakfast food? The doughnut. Don't worry, though, because these doughnuts are baked. And that, um, makes them OK? For breakfast? To be honest, I wasn't obsessed with baked doughnuts the first couple times I made them. In general, they just left me craving a "real" doughnut. But I decided to give it another go with these and am so happy I did. Best baked doughnuts I've ever made. Thank you, Fruity Pebbles.
But guess what? I ate them for dessert. Because that's how life is. Wah.
TIPS FOR MAKING BAKED DOUGHNUTS
Once you make your first baked doughnut, you'll learn how crazy easy they are. The hardest thing about making baked doughnuts, in my opinion, is filling the doughnut pan with the batter. The number one thing you can do to make this easier is to pipe the doughnut batter into the pan. You can either fill a pastry bag with the doughnut batter or simply put the batter into a plastic Ziplock type bag, cut off the corner, and pipe it in. This tip will ensure your doughnuts are neater looking with no messy batter all over the pan. Don't even get me started on how much it helps when you're making mini doughnuts!
Once your doughnut pans are successfully filled, bake away! Your kitchen will instantly smell glorious... Instead of like frying oil. That is one of my favorite things about baked doughnuts!
All that's left to do is let those doughnuts cool, mix together the icing ingredients, and sprinkle more beautiful Fruity Pebbles (lots of them!) over the top.
These are basically a party in a pan. Which makes me think, if you have kids... And those kids are not allowed to have sugary cereal for breakfast. Or doughnuts... You should make them Fruity Pebbles doughnuts as a special treat for their birthday breakfast. A once a year type of thing!
They'll be absolutely thrilled. But make sure you tell them that some day they'll understand why they can't eat sugary cereal and doughnuts for breakfast on a daily basis. And that some day they probably won't even want to.
They won't believe you. They'll be appalled. Which is why you should probably write it down. And then laugh about it. And maybe cry a little, too. Because how did life turn out like this?
So, thanks Mom and Dad for making sure I always had the nutrition and energy to get powered through a school day. Bet you never thought I'd be making Fruity Pebbles Doughnuts some day, did you? Too bad I have to be so darn responsible about it.
Did you have breakfast rules when you were a kid
If you're looking for more Fruity Pebbles recipes, be sure to check these out:
Fruity Pebbles Popsicles
Fruity Granola with Fruity Pebbles
Fruity Pebbles Meringues
Fruity Pebbles Cookies
Sherbet Fruity Pebbles Pancakes
Fruity Pebbles Doughnuts
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- Pinch salt
- ⅓ cup whole milk
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups Fruity Pebbles, divided
- 1 batch vanilla icing (recipe below)
- 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 Tbsp whole milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 6-cavity doughnut tin with cooking spray.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Pour dry ingredients into the butter/sugar, alternating with milk, and mix until just combined. Take care not to over-mix or doughnuts will be dense.
- Fold ½ cup Fruity Pebbles into the batter.
- Evenly distribute batter amongst cavities of prepared doughnut pan, filling tin almost all the way.
- Bake for 15 minutes, until the doughnuts are starting to turn golden and spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for a few minutes, before moving to wire rack to cool completely before icing.
- When doughnuts are cooled, dip upside down into icing to coat the tops. Sprinkle remaining cup of Fruity Pebbles over icing.
- In a medium bowl, whisk confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract together. If you want your icing to be thicker, add more confectioners' sugar, 1 Tbsp at a time. If you want it to be thinner, add more milk, 1 tsp at a time.
Dawn (Dawn's Recipes) says
I admit the Fruity Pebbles are much prettier, but Cocoa Pebbles has always been the only kids cereal for me! At 36 I'll still gladly scarf a bowl down. Your photos make me want to change my mind tho. 😉
We also weren't allowed sugary cereals so I loved the cereal bar at college when I could splurge to my heart's content! Now, I'm back to boring breakfasts of egg whites and hearty cereals. 🙂
No breakfast rules, because we were all scrambling to get out of the house. So I'd alternate between Special K bars (I still can't eat them, I had way too many over the years), cold pizza, and even ice cream. Now I try to have a much healthier and substantial breakfast so I survive without hurting someone until lunchtime.
I loved baked donuts though! The recipe that came with the Wilton donut pan is awesome, thanks to the buttermilk and fresh ground nutmeg. And chocolate icing with sprinkles. I'm certain that's clutch. Your donuts look incredibly fun!
Emily @ A Cambridge Story says
Too cute! Fruity Pebbles were always top on my list when my parents let me eat sugary cereals on vacation 🙂
This looks great! I would actually steep some fruity pebbles in milk, then strain it and use the flavored milk as the liquid in the icing to get even more delicious flavor! I might have to try this out.
oh, my gosh. those look amazing. we didn't have food rules growing up, but we were more partial to "adult" cereal. i remember my sister and i having fights over who was going to finish the muesli (which my dad always called "moose lips")!
Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) says
These are beyond cute. Great job! I never was a fan of fruity pebbles, but anything chocolate was fantastic...
These look like so much fun! I'm going to have to put my muffin pan to work this weekend. Thanks for sharing 🙂
They look so pretty!
hee hee..."revolt against my childhood".
When I am eating cookies I always think about only getting 2 for my snack after school. With a glass of milk. 🙂
Gia Grossman says
Oh my wow. These are the best! Love the colors and flavors and would probably eat 10 for bfast. Oopsss.
Lucy Hill says
Awesome! I very much love it! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! hahaha...I will make 3 types of icing for this. :p
This is such a fun idea! I love colorful treats 🙂
sarah k. @ the pajama chef says
haha these look great! i wasn't a big sugar cereal eater but my favorite fun breakfast was toaster strudels! grossss (says 27 year old me)
these are so fun!!
So fun and colorful! I'm like you, I always crave a healthy breakfast, but I'm always happy to have a donut afterwards, for dessert 🙂
Love it!!! Great idea 🙂
Fruity pebbles were always my favorite! I haven't had them in years. I would love to try one of these colorful fruity donuts!
WOW. And my cereal of choice was always Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Ridiculous. In a good way! I ate a lot of Cheerios and healthier cereals when I was a kid but loved Frosted Flakes! Must be Tony!
I love this post! I was only allowed to have sugary cereals and donuts for breakfast occasionally; and now I pick cereals that are high in protein and fiber. When I wanted a donut, my mom would tell me to have a bagel with cream cheese and jelly instead...not the same!
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LOVE your donut pan filling tip - I needed that for sure as I *just* got mine. Such a fantastic fruity pebble recipe!
I grew up with all unsweetened cereal at our house, but I was known to load it up with spoonfuls of sugar. By the time sister #3 was born, things changed! Love these glazed doughnuts---especially the Fruity Pebbles topping.